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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – Sept. 22, 2021

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments

Dilan Pamuk   | 22.09.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – Sept. 22, 2021

ANKARA 

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world, and the coronavirus pandemic. 

Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

Turkey has administered over 106 million coronavirus vaccine jabs since the country launched an immunization drive in January. Some 52.95 million people have gotten their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 42.53 million are fully vaccinated. The Health Ministry meanwhile reported 29,338 new coronavirus cases, while 260 more people lost their fight against the disease in the past 24 hours.

Turkey is planning to submit the Paris climate pact to parliament next month in line with its constructive steps and a declaration of its contributions to the cause, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced.

Turkey's biggest aerospace and technology festival TEKNOFEST kicked off in Istanbul.

Turkey's parliament speaker criticized the EU for being inconsistent and unrealistic over the migration crisis, Islamophobia and the Eastern Mediterranean crisis.

Security forces in southeastern Turkey held a PKK terrorist who was preparing to carry out a bomb attack. The terrorist was nabbed on Sept. 15 in an operation in Baglar district of Diyarbakir province following a tipoff, provincial police chief Huseyin Askin told reporters after a security meeting.

Other developments

Media reports emerged about a failed coup attempt in Sudan. State television said a coup attempt was taking place in the country, calling on citizens to confront it.

Japan has decided to pick Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor at an extraordinary parliament session on Oct. 4, meaning a general election is likely to be held in November.

Two Indian army pilots died after their chopper crash-landed in a dense forest area of Jammu and Kashmir region’s Udhampur district.

EU foreign ministers adopted a document guiding the bloc’s approach toward the Taliban-appointed interim government in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in Melbourne, Australia, leaving at least four people injured and more than five dozen in custody.

Germany expressed strong support for France after Australia scrapped a multi-million-dollar submarine deal, leading to renewed tensions between the EU and US.

The head of the World Health Organization met with the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan to explore ways to support the country, which is grappling with frozen funds and mounting humanitarian needs.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres raised the alarm as world leaders convened in New York for the 76th General Assembly, telling them to "wake up" in the face of cataclysmic challenges.

Germany’s foreign minister warned Iran that time is running out for diplomatic efforts to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal.

US President Joe Biden sought to rally the international community to meet the challenges of our time, telling world leaders "we cannot afford to waste any more time."

The head of Libya’s High Council of State, Khalid Al-Mishri, said the government will continue its work until the country’s elections slated for Dec. 24.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani urged the international community to continue engagement with the Taliban interim government in Afghanistan.

The head of the European Council and Australia’s premier discussed Canberra’s new security pact with the US and UK, whose announcement last week shunted aside France’s previous agreement with the Australian government.

The international community cannot let the Syrian crisis drag on for another 10 years, said Turkey’s president.

China’s President Xi Jinping promised to stop building new coal-fired power projects outside the country.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, in a pre-recorded speech to the 76th UN General Assembly, said the US “hegemonic approach” is no longer credible, calling on the Biden administration to lift its sanctions on Tehran.

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